By: Zach Bucher
This weekend both the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championships in Kenosha Wisconsin. The men placed 4th with a total of 95 points, while the women placed 3rd with a total of 65 points.
The Lady Eagles had one of their best meets of the year during the championship. They were led my junior Megan Malone, as she placed first in weight throw at 14.34 meters and second in shot put at 11.61 meters.
Junior jumpers Brittany Holst and Sarah Oprondek also performed well for the Lady Eagles. Holst placed first in the pole vault at 3.20 meters and second in high jump with 1.46 meters. Oprondek placed second in pole vault with3.05 meters and sixth in high jump with 1.41 meters.
“We came out and competed strong. We got a lot more points than expected in several events, which ultimately gave us our third place finish,” said Malone.
The Lady Eagle also performed well in track as sophomore Elizabeth Deely and junior Rachel Scianna finished in the top ten runners that ran the mile. The team also had a top 5 finish in the team distance medley. Benedictine trailed only Aurora University and Concordia University Wisconsin at the meet.
The men had its fair share of great performances as well, as junior Eric Kenebrew placed first in both shot put and weight throw, while also capturing Field Athlete of the Meet honors. Sophomore Gerald Valenzuela placed second in shot put and third in weight throw. In jumps, senior Billy Sipek placed second in the high jump.
Moving to the track, the men had many solid performances. Junior Marcus Griffith won the 55 meter hurdles, while junior Omar Lopez placed sixth in the same event and eighth in the 200 meter run. In the 800 meter run, junior Chris Dziagwa placed third and freshmen Joe Chavez placed fifth in the same event. Chavez also did well in the mile run placing second. The men’s 4×400 relay team ran well placing third in the event.
The men finished behind Aurora, MSOE and Concordia Wisconsin in the meet.
“Everyone had a good meet. We ran really well in our open events as well as the relays. This will give us a nice springboard into what will be a strong outdoor season,” said junior Mitch Tuthill.
Both the Men and Women’s team are back in action March 6 when they take part in the Carthage College Gill Athletics Final Qualifier.